Google OAuth2 flaw is being actively abused in the wild

Jan 02 2024

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Today’s hottest cybersecurity news stories:

  • ⚠️ Google OAuth2 flaw is being actively abused in the wild 🏞️

  • πŸš— Automakers on track to regulation due to privacy worries πŸ‘€

  • 🍜 N. Korea uses AppleSeed, Meterpreter, TinyNuke malware πŸ‘Ύ

Hackers: Now where do you think you’re Auth2? πŸ‘€πŸ’€πŸ˜‚

πŸ” Security Alert: Malware Threat Exploits Google Account Vulnerability! πŸ”

🚨 Researchers at cybersecurity firm CloudSEK have uncovered a critical threat targeting Google accounts. 🚨 Multiple malware-as-a-service info stealers, including Lumma Stealer, now possess the ability to manipulate authentication tokens, providing hackers with persistent access even after users reset their passwords. 😱

πŸ—“οΈ This alarming capability was first identified in November, marking a significant evolution in information-stealing malware. Lumma Stealer, a leading culprit, employs an undocumented exploit in the OAuth 2.0 security protocol, commonly used for Google single sign-on.

πŸ›‘οΈ Despite Google's silence on the matter, the vulnerability has rapidly spread among various malware groups such as Rhadamanthys, RisePro, Meduza, Stealc Stealer, and Eternity Stealer. The exploit, initially disclosed by an attacker known as PRISMA, allows for "session persistence," maintaining unauthorised access even if passwords are changed.

πŸ”’ Protect Yourself: Regularly monitor your Google account activity, use multi-factor authentication, and stay updated on security best practices. Report any suspicious activities immediately!

🌐 This exploit poses severe threats, granting hackers access to Google Drive, email login, and other OAuth-connected services. CloudSEK emphasises the exploit's potential impact on users and organisations, urging vigilance and proactive security measures.

Stay safe online! πŸ›‘οΈ

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πŸš— Auto Privacy Alert: The Hidden Dangers in Your Connected Car!

Faye Francy, head of the Automotive Industry Sharing and Analysis Center, shares her unsettling experience with a used car's infotainment system. After syncing her phone for navigation, she ended up at the previous owner's home and discovered sensitive information. 😱

What You Need to Know:

🌐 Connected vehicles pose privacy risks, even if you don't sync your phone to the infotainment system.

πŸ“± Sensors and geolocation can reveal significant data, leading to potential privacy violations.

πŸ›‘ Even erasing data may not be foolproof, as it's often sold to data brokers.

Regulatory Response:

πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™‚οΈ California's Privacy Protection Agency is investigating connected vehicle manufacturers for privacy practices.

🚫 Comprehensive federal privacy legislation is stalled, but the FTC may step in for real change.

FTC Action:

πŸš” FTC could draw parallels from a 2009 Sears settlement, holding automakers accountable for extreme data extraction practices.

πŸ“‹ A potential 6(b) investigation may require major manufacturers to disclose their data practices.

Consumer Concerns:

πŸ€” Many manufacturers hide data collection practices in lengthy privacy policies, leaving consumers unaware.

🌐 Privacy advocates call for clear disclosures and action against excessive data extraction.

What's Next?

🌐 Politicians, like Sen. Ed Markey, are demanding answers from auto manufacturers about their data practices.

πŸ”„ The spotlight on car data privacy is growing, with potential regulatory actions and increased consumer awareness.

πŸ”’ Protect Yourself: Be cautious about syncing personal devices in your car, regularly check privacy settings, and demand clear disclosures from manufacturers. Your car is an extension of your privacy! πŸ›‘οΈπŸ”

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🌐 Cyber Alert: North Korean Hackers Strike Again! 🚨

πŸ‘Ύ Cybersecurity firm AhnLab has identified spear-phishing attacks by North Korea-affiliated nation-state actors using a variety of backdoors and tools, including AppleSeed, Meterpreter, and TinyNuke.

🎣 The Advanced Persistent Threat group, known as Kimsuky, has been active for over a decade, expanding its targets from South Korea to global entities.

πŸ” Key Findings:

🍏 AppleSeed, a Windows-based backdoor, has been in use since May 2019 and now has an Android version and a Golang variant called AlphaSeed.

πŸ”„ AlphaSeed, developed in Golang, employs chromedp for communication with the command-and-control server.

🌐 Kimsuky has been using AlphaSeed in attacks since October 2022, often deploying both AppleSeed and AlphaSeed on the same target system.

πŸ’» Other tools like Meterpreter, TightVNC, and TinyNuke are utilised to take control of compromised systems.

🌐 Implications:

🌐 North Korean IT workers are using fake personas on LinkedIn and GitHub to secure remote employment, acting as a revenue stream for the regime.

πŸ’Ό The personas claim expertise in various applications, crypto, and blockchain transactions.

πŸ’‘ Insights: 🌐 North Korea has been actively targeting blockchain and cryptocurrency firms, utilising diverse tactics to evade sanctions and profit illicitly.

🚨 Stay Vigilant:

🚫 Beware of spear-phishing attacks.

πŸ” Regularly update security measures.

🌐 Monitor online platforms for suspicious activity.

Despite misconceptions, North Korea is a serious cyber player, employing advanced techniques to evade international sanctions and achieve its economic and security goals. 🌐

Underestimate the Rocket Man at your own peril πŸ’€πŸ’€πŸ’€

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